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Run NodeJS as a Service on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Run NodeJS as a Service on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

With Node you can write very fast JavaScript programs serverside. It's pretty easy to install Node, code your program, and run it. But > how do you make it run nicely in the background like a true server?

  • Go to /etc/init/
  • $ sudo vim yourapp.conf
  • Paste script.conf
  • $ sudo start yourapp
  • And when you wanna kill the process $ sudo stop yourapp


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description "node.js server"
author "Foo Bar"
# used to be: start on startup
# until we found some mounts weren't ready yet while booting
start on started mountall
stop on shutdown
# automatically respawn
respawn limit 99 5
export HOME="/root"
exec /usr//bin/nodejs /path/to/yourapp.js >> /var/log/node.log 2>&1
end script
post-start script
# optionally put a script here that will notifiy you node has (re)started
# /root/bin/ "node.js has started!"
end script
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lokeshj3 commented Jul 14, 2017

I did it by pm2 this way(Ubuntu 16.04.01 LTS):
npm install -g pm2
pm2 start yourapp.js
pm2 startup
pm2 save

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